Sophie Treadwell was a campaigning journalist in America between the wars. Among her assignments was the sensational murder involving Ruth Snyder, who . Sophie Treadwell and the Young Woman upon which Machinal focuses are examples of a history and society that has rendered many women silent. In. In Defense of the Woman: Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal. Jennifer Jones. Modern Drama, Volume 37, Number 3, Fall , pp. (Article). Published by.

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She sets forth her argument in a drama, not to prove Snyder’s innocence, but to ask if perhaps there is another way of looking at the case, one that the all-male jury and predominantly male press corps did not understand.

It’s a fantastic display of expressionism and the episodic structure works so well. Helen quickly takes a liking to Mr. Feb 21, Ginni Brinkley rated it really liked it.

Detailed explanations, analysis, and citation info for every important quote on LitCharts. The world Helen lives in is more restrictive, certainly, than that faced by women today, but the echos of that world are still haunting us and it is important to remember where we came from and how far we h What an incredible play!

An office; a flat; a hotel; a hospital; a speakeasy; a furnished room; a drawing room; a court room; a prison; in the dark. The Governor denied the request. The small house had been ransackeddrawers were emptied, and Ruth’s jewelry stolen.

She always had choices and mul I read this because SLU is putting it on as their next production, and I wanted to audition for it. As she squirms, he urges her to calm down. The original text plus a side-by-side modern translation of every Shakespeare play.


Joanna Dunham starred, with Donald Pleasence portraying the husband. However, a close examination of that trial and the unprecedented coverage it received lead me to believe that Ruth Snyder was never far from Sophie Treadwell’s mind as she wrote Machinal. I would like to see it on stage, and was worth the hour it took to read, but not my favorite.

In a last-minute attempt to save Ruth’s life, her attorneys had asked that an alienist psychiatrist be brought in to slphie on her behalf. It was a great opportunity. Putt The best part of this book is the introduction, in which I learned about Treadwell and expressionism.

Aug 15, Marie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Driven to murder her husband, she is convicted of the crime and is executed in the electric chair.

She spent her last years in Arizona and died in The second day Ruth took the stand, the New York Times described the spectators in the courtroom as “a typical Broadway audience, sophisticated and cynical.

Dec 05, Colleen rated it it was amazing Shelves: I would love to see this acted out. She did such a great job of portraying that poor woman. The use of language, and the chosen words are so poetic and meaningful, that from the first time Young Woman talked I was engrossed.

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Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Abrahami indignantly brandishes an encyclopedia of American theatre. Everybody almost sound robotic and machine like. Refresh and try again.

The lawyer refutes this, presenting as evidence a pair of gloves found in her home on the fateful night. In the ninth episode, Helen is behind bars listening to a priest pray for her. Roe tells Helen that he was once captured in Mexico by bandits, and that he filled a bottle with stones and clubbed the men to death in order to escape.


Published April 1st by Nick Hern Books first published I saw an off-off-Broadway production of “Machinal,” in which the lead character, a woman who can’t find her place in this world, was played by a different actress in every scene. This play is absolutely amazing. Retrieved December 30, A young woman tries to escape her life in the modern, mechanical world. Episode Seven finds Helen and George in the sitting room of their house reading separate newspapers.

Sometimes the only thing yo Celebrity Death Match Special: People who like their women weak and their tragedies Greek. Like having someone hit you over the head with a hammer for 45 minutes and ask “Did that evoke unpleasantness?

Machinal: how an execution gripped America and sparked a Broadway sensation

The phone rings, and George learns that one of his business deals has gone through. Open Preview See a Problem? Treadwell shows how modern life consumes people and turns them into a series of functions. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The feeling of the constant drumbeat of the words, the clipping. Su Sophie Treadwell was a campaigning journalist in America between the wars.